international Accreditation

How does your school demonstrate your commitment to high quality international education to parents, students and staff members? How do you ensure your school is continually improving and keeping up with leading international education standards?

As a leader in the field of school evaluation and accreditation worldwide, we provide a unique international accreditation with a focus on student learning and global citizenship. The quality and rigour of CIS International Accreditation is recognized by ministries, departments of education, and universities around the world as demonstration of a school’s commitment to high quality international education.

More than 500 CIS member schools have been granted accreditation, following a directed process that includes:

  • rigorous evaluation against internationally-agreed standards,
  • a blend of support and challenge focused on a school’s development, and
  • a peer-based model that brings together international educators from across the world of CIS-accredited schools.

CIS works with other regional accreditation agencies and organisations offering academic programmes, including the opportunity to synchronise the IB programme evaluation process with CIS accreditation. CIS is itself held accountable through a rigorous review process similar to the process undertaken by schools. The CIS accreditation service, has been reviewed by the US National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation and deemed in compliance with the criteria for effective accreditation practices. CIS International Accreditation is recognised throughout the United States, facilitating the acceptance of students’ transcripts with colleges and universities.

Characteristics of a CIS-Accredited School

The final award of CIS accreditation shows that the school has achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and has a commitment to continuous improvement. In particular, the award of accreditation shows that the school:

  • is devoted to its mission and vision for students
  • has thought deeply about the services it offers to students, family and community.
  • invests the time and resources for validation from a globally-recognized accreditation authority
  • focuses on the quality of teaching, student learning, as well as student safeguarding and well-being
  • is committed to the development of the students’ global citizenship
  • has a suitable philosophy of education suitable for its students
  • promises only what it can deliver
  • is open to regular evaluation by its own school community and peer evaluators
  • constantly seeks improvement in all areas of the school plans strategically for the future.

CIS member schools are invited to apply for Accreditation.


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